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Here it is – the highly-anticipated second summer mix CD at The Blah Blah: Baby, You Can Drive My Car.  Pop this bad boy into your CD player and drive until your butt cramps up and your bladder’s about to explode.

Man, I love road trips.  Nothing clears my head like driving for 10 or 12 hours straight, getting away from everything you’re used to.  Road trips are therapeutic for me.  I don’t even need to be going anywhere amazing.  Just the fact that I’m leaving wherever I am and doing nothing but driving is enough sometimes.

Given the choice between flying and driving, I’d always rather choose driving, as long as the cost is the same and I can get enough time off to do the drive.  Flying always leaves me a little discombobulated feeling, like I just went through some intense time travel or warped to a different planet.  I get off the plan and feel disoriented for a while, like I shouldn’t have gotten to California from Wisconsin in under 5 hours.  Driving leaves me time to clear my head, see the country, and adjust to the fact that I’m going somewhere.  By the time I get there, I’m ready for it.

One time, I found out my friend Greg had never been west of Minnesota (we live in Wisconsin), so I convinced him to drive with me to Wyoming and back in under a day and a half.  We cranked high speed and got there in about 13 hours.  It was about 3 am so I pulled off the highway and napped for a couple hours before we drove to Devil’s Tower, snapped some photos, then headed home.  We stopped at Mount Rushmore for maybe an hour, cruised into the Badlands, shopped at Wall Drug, and got home in time for a late dinner the next day.  I was short on funds for the trip, and Greg couldn’t get more than a day off of work, which made it a challenge, but a memorable one.  My lack of funds meant we ate nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches the whole time.  At the end of the trip, exhausted and delirious, we stopped for the best McDonald’s meal I’ve ever had.

I made this CD with road-tripping in mind.  Some songs are actually about road trips.  Others just have an “I’m driving a car for a really long time” feel to them.  Hope you enjoy it.

1. Robbie Seay Band – Better Days (Download or Stream)
2. The Listening – The Factory (Download or Stream)
3. Justin Fox – When You Drive (Download or Stream)
4. Destroy Nate Allen – Arizona (Download or Stream)
5. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Download or Stream)
6. Havalina Railroad Company – Tundra (Download or Stream)
7. Jason Harwell – California (Download or Stream)
8. Rosie Thomas – Much Farther to Go (Download or Stream)
9. Jeremy Enigk – River to Sea (Download or Stream)
10. Jeff Caylor – The Egypt Vibe (Download or Stream)
11. The Innocence Mission – Lakes of Canada (Download or Stream)
12. The Cold Comfort Band – A Heart Unseen (Download or Stream)
13. Don Chaffer – Motel Rooms (Download or Stream)
14. Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens – Worried Shoes (Download or Stream)
15. Starflyer 59 – No New Kinda Story (Download or Stream)
16. mewithoutYou – A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains (Download or Stream)
17. Brave Saint Saturn – Gloria (Download or Stream)

Enjoy the CD!  To download the album art, just save the image above.

Note: all MP3s will be removed after one week.

I realized I haven’t put up a mix CD in a while (an Easter mix I made never made it to the blog…), so here is the first of two summer mixes.  This first one is “Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blahs – A Soundtrack for Your Summer.”  You should probably play it non-stop until September.

I tried to capture the fun of summer with a lot of upbeat, hope-filled songs, from the past to the present, from the obscure to the well-known.  The next summer mix CD, which should be out soon, has more searching, road trip-styled songs.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the mix, and give me your comments.

1. Five Iron Frenzy – A Flowery Song (Download or Stream)
2. Hello Kelly – 10 Good Reasons (Download or Stream)
3. Christafari – Triumphal Entry (Download or Stream)
4. John Davis – Nothing Gets Me Down (Download or Stream)
5. Value Pac – Don’t Look Back (Download or Stream)
6. U2 – Beautiful Day (Download or Stream)
7. Dave Thompson – Time to Fly (Download or Stream)
8. Aradhna – Jaago Logo (Download or Stream)
9. Ponoka – See You Around (Download or Stream)
10. The Innocence Mission – Beautiful Change (Download or Stream)
11. Andrew Osenga – The Ball Game (Download or Stream)
12. Switchfoot – Meant to Live (Download or Stream)
13. Rock and Roll Worship Circus – New Wave Revolution (Download or Stream)
14. Bodies of Water – I Guess I’ll Foget the Sound I Guess I Guess (Download or Stream)
15. Solomon Jabby – Rootsman (Download or Stream)
16. Relient K – The Best Thing (Download or Stream)
17. Jesse Sprinkle – First Summer on Earth (Download or Stream)
18. Geology – Arkansas (Download or Stream)

Hope you all enjoy the CD!  To download the album art, just save the image above.

Welcome back to the Worship Wars!  Sorry for missing my usual Friday post.  Being in the ministry, last week was crazy.  We’ve been remodeling our church building, so we really pushed it the past few days to get things as ready as we could before Easter.

Our plan is to convert the whole church into a coffeehouse / concert venue / bookstore by the beginning of summer.  It’s been a lot of work, but it’ll be awesome when it’s done.

But enough of that – on with the Rock N Roll Worship Circus!

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Since I’ve been doing this blog for a while now, I’ve already posted about a number of noteworthy worship groups.  Rather than revisit all of them individually, I thought today would be a great day to put up a couple of songs by each of them.  Get it all done in one day, you know?

These guys each deserve a whole post of their own, but I want to get this thing moving along with the Worship Wars so I can go on to other things.

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Keep voting on Group 3 until 7:00 am CST Wednesday, December 26, but when you’re done, Group 4 is below for your voting pleasure.  If you need them, the official rules are here, but things are pretty simple.  Just listen to the MP3s below if you’re unfamiliar with the artists, then vote on who you think is better for each of the one-on-one matches.

Anyway, here’s today’s four artists:

Lifehouse – The Joke
Waterdeep – And I Can’t Sleep
Colour Revolt – A New Family
The Listening – Be in Your Eyes

Download the MP3s if you need them, but judge the artist based on their entire work, not just the one MP3 here.  And here are your six matches:

1) Lifehouse vs. Waterdeep
2) Lifehouse vs. Colour Revolt
3) Lifehouse vs. The Listening
4) Waterdeep vs. Colour Revolt
5) Waterdeep vs. The Listening
6) Colour Revolt vs. The Listening

Vote away, and feel free to leave any comments on your reasoning!

All votes must be received by 7:00 am CST on Monday, December 31, 2007.

Official Links
Lifehouse MySpace Page
Buy Lifehouse MP3s on iTunes
Buy Lifehouse CDs on Amazon.com

Waterdeep MySpace Page
Buy Waterdeep MP3s on iTunes
Buy Waterdeep CDs on Amazon.com

Colour Revolt MySpace Page
Buy Colour Revolt MP3s on iTunes
Buy Colour Revolt CDs on Amazon.com

The Listening MySpace Page
Buy The Listening MP3s on iTunes
Buy The Listening CDs on Amazon.com

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

Important Note

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